Kanwar S. Nalwa
(PhD, Iowa State University, USA)
Assistant Professor, Department of MSE
Office: Faculty Building 411 Phone: +91 512 259 2141
Organic and inorganic semiconductors
Perovskite based solar cells
Organic/Inorganic Tandem photovoltaics
Nanomaterials and thinfilms
All organic multifunctional Biochemical sensors
Patents and Invention Disclosures
K. S. Nalwa, and S. Chaudhary, "Organic photovoltaic device with ferroelectric dipole and
method of making same," U.S. Patent No. 10,038,142 (Granted July 31, 2018).
S. Chaudhary, K. M. Ho, J. M. Park, K. S. Nalwa, and W. Leung, "Textured micrometer
scale templates as light managing fabrication platform for organic solar cells," U.S. Patent
No. 9,401,442 (Granted July 26, 2016).
J. Carr, K. S. Nalwa, R. C. Mahadevapuram, Y. Chen, J. Anderegg, and S. Chaudhary,
"Plastic-syringe induced silicone contamination in organic photovoltaic fabrication: im-
plications for small-volume additives",ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2012,
vol. 4 (6), pp 2831-2835, 2012. [American Chemical Society. Impact factor 8.1]
K. S. Nalwa, J. Carr, R. C. Mahadevapuram, H. K. Kodali, S. Bose, Y. Chen, J. W. B.
Petrich, B. Ganapathysubramanian, and S. Chaudhary, "Enhanced charge separation in
organic photovoltaic films doped with ferroelectric dipoles" Energy and Environmental
Science, vol. 5 (5), pp. 7042-7049, 2012. [Royal Society of Chemistry. Impact factor 30.1]
K. S. Nalwa, H. K. Kodali, B. Ganapathysubramanian, and S. Chaudhary, "Dependence
of recombination mechanisms and strength on processing conditions in polymer solar cells"
Applied Physics Letters, vol. 99, 263301, 2011. [American Physical Society. Impact-
P. Kuang, J. M. Park, W. Leung, R. C. Mahadevapuram, K. S. Nalwa, S. Chaudhary, K. M.
Ho, and K. Constant, "A new architecture for transparent electrodes: Relieving the tradeoff
between electrical conductivity and optical transmittance", Advanced Materials, vol. 23,
pp. 2469-2473, 2011. [Wiley-VCH. Impact factor 21.95]
K. S. Nalwa, R. C. Mahadevapuram, and S. Chaudhary, "Growth rate dependent trap den-
sity in polythiophene:fullerene solar cells and its implications", Applied Physics Letters,
vol. 98, 093306, 2011. [American Physical Society. Impact factor 3.49] Also in Virtual
Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology, vol. 23 (11), 2011.
J. F. Mike, K. S. Nalwa, A. Makowski, D. Putnam, A. L. Tomlinson, S. Chaudhary, and M.
Jeffries-El, "Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic properties of poly(thiophenevinylene)
benzobisoxazoles", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 13, pp. 1338-1344,
2011. [Royal Society of Chemistry. Impact factor 3.91]
K. S. Nalwa, J. M. Park, K. M. Ho, and S. Chaudhary, "On realizing higher efficiency
polymer solar cells on a textured substrate platform", Advanced Materials, vol. 23, pp.
112-116, 2011. [Wiley-VCH. Impact factor 21.95] (Featured as news on materialviews.com)
K. S. Nalwa, Y. Cai, A. L. Thoeming, J. Shinar, R. Shinar, and S. Chaudhary, "Polythiophene-
fullerene based photodetectors: tuning of spectral response and application in photolumi-
nescence based bio(chemical) sensors", Advanced Materials, vol. 22, pp. 4157-4161,
2010. [Wiley-VCH. Impact factor 21.95]
K. S. Nalwa, R. C. Mahadevapuram, and S. Chaudhary*, "Controlling defect density in
polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells by optimizing growth conditions", TMS 2011 - 140th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Diego, CA, Feb. 27 - March 3, 2011.
K. S. Nalwa*, "Increasing the efficiency of organic solar cells by photonic and electrostatic
field enhancements", seminar at Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, Nov. 8, 2010
M. Jeffries-El*, J. F. Mike, K. S. Nalwa, A. Makowski, D. Putnam, and S. Chaudhary,
"Design and synthesis of new thiophene containing polymers for use in photovoltaic appli-
cations", American Chemical Society 239th National Meeting, San Francisco, March 21-26,
Honors & Awards
Recieved 3 Intel divisional awards for innovations in contact and interconnect process devel-
opment down to 7nm feature size in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Awarded Research Excellence Award (to recognize <= 10% Ph.D. graduates) by Iowa State
University in 2011.
One of the 12 graduate students in the country to recieve graduate student support of $1000
for attending USC-DOE conference on Materials for Energy Applications, Los Angeles, CA,
March 30-April 1, 2011.
Research featured as news in Material Views ('High-Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells on Tex-
tured Substrates' Dec 3, 2010) - a Wiley-VCH news service.
Research featured as news by The Tribune (Iowa newspaper), Science Daily, Physorg.com,
Eureka Alert (AAAS, the science society) and Iowa State University, in Dec 2010.
Research featured in news by Institute of Physics ('Long metallic nanowires fabricated for
transparent electrode tests', nanotechweb.org, Aug. 4, 2010)
Research poster nominated for Best Poster Award in Materials Research Society Fall Meeting,
Boston, MA, Dec. 2009. (Total 10 nominees in 200 presenters).
Awarded the Best Bachelor of Technology Project in the Department of Materials and Met-
allurgical Engineering (2007-08), by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Was one of the 12 shortlisted candidates (all over India) for the prestigious Innovative Student
Projects Award 2007, by Indian National Academy of Engineering at bachelor's level.
Received $200 cash award from IIT Kanpur (India) for publishing in a peer reviewed Inter-
national journal (Journal of Applied Physics) as an undergraduate student.
First prize in poster presentation in XIVth National Seminar on Ferroelectrics Dielectrics
2006, I.I.T. Kharagpur, India.
First prize in poster presentation in Non Ferrous category, at NMD-ATM 2005 conference,